BOEING 737-4Q8 CARGO ASL AIRLINES FRANCE KASSEL AIRPORT TEXT, PHOTOS & VIDEO BY KLAUS EWALD
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The beginning of the Boeing 737 story is in 1967 with the aircraft`s maiden flight and the start of the series production. In 1968 the first ever 737 was bought by Lufthansa , the German airline at that time owned by the state. Primarily the 737 is a middle-range aircraft, but some modern versions also can be used on long distances. The 737 family consists of three generations and nine major variants; the design of the bodywork has not decisively changed since the plane`s first public appearance. Until January 2017 The Boeing Company (founded at Seattle in 1916 by engineer William Edward Boeing, son of German immigrant Wilhelm Böing) has sold 9365 aircrafts of the 737 type. The completely in white livery 737 shown here has got an exciting history. From 1991 to 2009 the Boeing 737-400 (B737-4Q8) from the so-called classic 737 family was used as a passenger aircraft with different codes for Malaysia Airlines, Carnival Airlines, PanAm and Olympic Airways on a leasing base. At that time the 737 with the construction number 24709 had flown to the Australian cities of Adelaide and Brisbane. Later it was converted into a cargo version without windows for Aurora Leasing and Airwork. From August 2015 on the 737 with the code F-GZTK is operated by ASL Airlines France, who have got their headquarters at Charles de Gaulle Airport of Paris. This company had been founded in 1991 by the French Post under the name Intercargo Service; their current fleet consists of 15 Boeing 737s in different versions of an average age of 20.7 years.
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